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Published on 30 August 2023

Child benefit tax trap warning for separated couples

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is asking separated couples to check that their child benefit claims do not unwittingly leave them exposed to the high income child benefit charge (HICBC).1 ...

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Published on 23 August 2023

Are you a self-employed PA/carer?

A new report on ‘Personal Assistant Employment Status’ has been put together by the National Direct Payments Forum, exploring self-employed personal assistant (PA)/carer arrangements. It also highlights the potential for ‘false self-employment’ in the care sector. Here we tell you more and highlight...

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Published on 11 August 2023

Is your ex-partner receiving child benefit for your child? Read this.

Some taxpayers have recently been told by HMRC that they owe a substantial amount as they have not paid the high income child benefit charge. These taxpayers thought the charge didn't apply to them because the child benefit payments were being paid into their ex-partner’s bank account. But because t...

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Published on 3 August 2023

Gifting property – some tax points to consider

We are sometimes contacted by unrepresented taxpayers who want to give away their house or other assets during their lifetime – perhaps because they are worried about inheritance tax or care fees in later life. This article looks at some issues to consider if you are thinking of doing this, includin...

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Published on 27 July 2023

Tax credits – renew by the 31 July deadline

The tax credit renewal deadline is fast approaching. If you claimed tax credits during 2022/23 and have received renewal forms from HMRC, you need to act by 31 July to make sure HMRC renew your tax credits and your payments can carry on. ...

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